‘They were moving in the city during day time as vendors'

A three-member gang, who allegedly committed burglaries in the city, were nabbed by the Kancharpalem Police.

The gang members - Babloo Mandal (46), Suman Sheik (24) and Sheik Akash (40) – all hailing from West Bengal, came to the city about six months ago in the guise of petty cloth vendors and settled at Chakaligedda. They were moving in the city during day time as vendors and watching the areas for locked houses. They commit burglaries at the locked houses during the nights, Assistant Commissioner of Police (north) B. Prasada Rao, told a media conference on Wednesday.

The accused committed three burglaries under Kancharapalem Police Station, one house-breaking under Airport Zone Police Station limits, two under MVP Zone P.S. limits, and one house-breaking under Pendurthy P.S. limits. All the accused were arrested at Chakaligedda while they were in possession of the stolen property – 34 gm gold, 859 gm silver, Rs.24,000 cash, a laptop, cooker, camera and cell phones, all worth Rs.2.39 lakh.

The accused had sold part of the stolen property at Kolkata.

Five held

In a separate case, five members of a six-member gang of dacoits were arrested by the Harbour Police.

Mr. Prasada Rao said the gang members had robbed K. Srinivasa Rao, an employee of NSTL, when he was proceeding from the Railway Station towards Convent junction on the night of May 31.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao was waylaid by the gang and severely beaten up. The accused snatched his purse containing cash of Rs.5,280, two ATM cards, ID card, driving licence, Smart Card, Aadhar card, and punching card.

On a tip-off, the police arrested five of the gang members – Shaik Kumar (20), T. Raju (22), Raavi Prakash (21), G. Venkatesh (21) and Sikkireddy Durga Prasad (20), all hailing from the city, and recovered the purse containing cash of Rs.3,600, an ATM card, driving licence, Smart Card, Aadhar Card, and punching card.

An autorickshaw used for committing the offence was also seized from the accused. The other accused Nagamani Yellaji is absconding.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to have committed four other offences.

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